California Agricultural Energy Requirements
|Sponsors:||California Energy Commission - Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program|
|Reports Available:||ITRC Report No. R 03-006|
ITRC was contracted by the
California Energy Commission to assess the science
and policy of agricultural water resource management
to determine the impact future water issues will
have on the statewide electricity system.
In this case, agricultural water resource management in this case refers to three levels of water consumption and transportation:
- On-farm issues and solutions
- Irrigation district issues and solutions
- Water marketing between agricultural and urban sectors
The objectives of this study were:
- Define the current science and policies of agricultural water management, as related to California electricity usage.
- Envision future trends in science and policy that will impact California's future electricity usage.
- Define areas of potential research, training, and policy modification that can better define future trends or impact the agricultural water/electricity relationship in California.
The initial step was to analyze the current agricultural water energy requirements throughout the state. Three energy use sectors were examined:
- Water District Pumping (surface and groundwater)
- On-Farm Pumping (groundwater and booster)
- Conveyance to Water District Pumping (surface water)
Once the current energy requirements
were examined in each sector, different scenarios
were examined to help predict future energy
requirements. Specifically, energy
requirements with regards to water transfers and
water banking were examined. Drainage water
desalination and irrigation method changes were
examined as well.